Scientists Pinpoint How Ocean Acidification Weakens Coral Skeletons

Scientists Pinpoint How Ocean Acidification Weakens Coral Skeletons


Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpts;

The rising acidity of the oceans threatens coral reefs by making it harder for corals to build their skeletons. A new study identifies the details of how ocean acidification affects coral skeletons, allowing scientists to predict more precisely where corals will be more vulnerable.

Corals grow their skeletons upward toward sunlight and also thicken them to reinforce them.
The new research, led by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), shows that ocean acidification particularly impedes the thickening process—decreasing the skeletons’ density and leaving them more vulnerable to breaking…

Read Full Article; WHOI (01-29-2018)

Coastal Care

Related Posts

Cyclones can damage even distant reefs

Cyclones can damage even distant reefs

Long-term data show hurricanes are getting stronger

Long-term data show hurricanes are getting stronger

Will floating turbines usher in a new wave of offshore wind?

Will floating turbines usher in a new wave of offshore wind?

Cyclone Amphan Reinforces Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Planning

Cyclone Amphan Reinforces Urgent Need for Climate Adaptation Planning

SAF Video

Beach of the Month

Photo of the Month

Plastic Pollution

Sand Wars – United Nations-GEA

Sand Mining Detrimental Effects

The World’s Beaches

Coastal Care Junior

NASA – Fly along with NASA’s fleet of Earth science missions and observe Earth from a global perspective in an immersive, 3-D environment.